By  on November 8, 2012

PARIS — Hermès International upped its sales guidance for 2012 after posting better-than-expected results in the third quarter, as sales growth accelerated despite Europe’s economic woes and a general slowdown in luxury spending in China.

Shares in the maker of Birkin bags and silk scarves closed up 2 percent at 223.60 euros, or $304, on the Paris stock exchange after the company reported sales rose to 848.6 million euros, or $1.06 billion, in the three months to Sept. 30, from 683.2 million euros, or $967.2 million, during the same period a year earlier.

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